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Braithwaite and Ericsson

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1830. Locomotive 'King William IV'.

Braithwaite and Ericsson of New Road, London and Liverpool

1818 John Braithwaite, the elder died and left the engineering business to his sons John and Francis; the firm became J. Braithwaite and Co.

1823 Francis died; John Braithwaite carried on the business alone, having inherited a large connection with the London brewers, distillers, water-works companies, and being engaged in the manufacture of pumps, sinking wells, etc.

1827 John Ericsson, a Swedish engineer, became associated with the company and the name became known as Braithwaite and Ericsson.

1829 Between them and Charles Fox they designed the Novelty that took part in the Rainhill Trials.

1830 Built 2 engines: William the Fourth and Queen Adelaide for the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway but the engines arrived too late to take part in the ceremony; they were inefficient and were not retained by the railway[1]

1833-38 At least 14 locomotives made for American railroads.

1834 John Braithwaite left the company to concentrate on civil engineering, particularly for the Eastern Counties Railway where he later became chief engineer; he was succeeded by his brother Frederick

1836 The company became Braithwaite, Milner and Co.

1837 The company was in financial difficulties, but continued in the hands of the official receiver.

1838 Four locomotives built for the Eastern Counties Railway.

1839 Another eight locomotives for the same client.

1839 John Ericsson emigrated to America.

1841 Company ceased manufacturing.


See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The British Steam Railway Locomotive, Vol.1, by E. L. Ahrons
  • British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816